Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Badger Induced Insomnia

The cottage at night ..note the depressed pumpkin lantern 

There is a new large badger boar on the field at night.
He and his set mates seem to be new to the area, and have pushed their way through the riding stable's poor fencing to the south where they have left their signature black and white hair on the barb wire fencing.
The hen houses are all robust enough to withstand  badger attacks , but the very presence of a big, and rather aggressive boar has unnerved the ducks, who have become noisy and panicked when he is about. They woke me up with their quacking around 3 am on Sunday and Monday morning and I was up again around 5 am yesterday when I heard the badger scraping heavily at Mary's hutch wire.
I looked out of the bedroom window and saw the boar quite clearly.
He looked as big as a bear.

I took Winifred over to the field and snorting like a steam train, she saw the interlopers off but I am now toying with the idea of setting up a single electric wire strand which could circle the duck house at least.....the poor hysterical ducks could then have a good nights sleep...and so could I

Having said all this, the badgers didn't turn up last night....
Either that or I slept through their activity....
I need my coffee this morning

Badger chaser Winifred and I dozing on the couch at 5 am yesterday morning

56 comments:

  1. My neighbours all put low-down electric wires around their maize fields to fend off both Badgers and Wild Boar; it works!

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  2. Brilliant photo John and the electric fence has worked for friends of mine too. In the absence of livestock some years ago, we used to encourage them into our garden with peanuts.....make sure you avoid dropping your peanut butter sarnies in the locality in the foreseeable future.

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  3. Hi John!
    I've started a new blog using Blogger - have a look and let me know what you think please? (When you're not chasing badgers or getting pulled by the fuzz that is ;-)
    http://biogenichealth.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. I've never thought about electric fences for this use. Good idea. Do you have infra-red on your camera?

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    1. Yes on the iPad looks quite creepy

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  5. Winifred is earning her place in your home and all our hearts.

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  6. The new badger is probably a refugee from Gloucester.

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  7. A mains electric fencer would certainly do the job John. I once touched my neighbours (thinking it was off) wire fence and it threw me to the ground. Alternatively dig a moat like they do in zoos. Good luck!

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  8. Maybe Winifred scared them off permanently? Maybe one or two more rousings by Win will get rid of them without the need for an electric fence.

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    1. I don't think Winifred actually Caught sight of the badger... She was too busy looking for her lurid purple bone

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  9. What about hanging a row of your sad (or perhaps you could make them angry) pumpkins round the area - might that scare them off?

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  10. I know, I know what bad creatures badgers are, but I can't help but like them. So on that basis, I hope the electric wire keeps them out of the way...

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  11. I have never seen a badger before - I didn't realize how big they could get. Damn.

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    1. Lol...obviously it was not as big as a bear.... But probably as big as winifred

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  12. The 'new girl' is earning her keep.

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  13. Who took the photograph?

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  14. I vote for the electric fence....eliminate the worry and sleepless nights. And save all the precious livestock.

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  15. so are the ducks outside at night then? Would a badger not attack a duck just a hen?

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    1. The ducks have their own house.....in the Ukrainian village there is a duck house, a goose house and twelve hen houses

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  16. It is interesting to read about badgers since we do not have them in North East America. However they have them in the Prairies. I don't know why they are not here.

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    1. Alain..I have lost more hens to badgers than ever I have done to foxes

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    2. But NE America has fishers or fisher cats, which are very like badgers. We also have martens and minks.

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  17. An electric fence is a good idea. You have to deter those badgers somehow. Nasty creatures!

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  18. That first photograph looks like a scene from ' Nosferatu ', that really old horror film that starred Max Schreck, that I think was more scary than anything since !
    .... I'm feeling just a little bit for the badgers now !! XXXX

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    1. I agree... The scene when the vampire sits up in the coffin and kills the sailor is blood curdling

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  19. Winifred must have done a splendid job since your visitors did not come back.

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  20. One more addition to your menagerie shouldn't make THAT much of a difference, how about a Dachshund? They are just mouths full of teeth on short legs and trained to see of badgers. That way you can let nature take it's course and not feel too guilty.

    You know me, I would just shoot the bloody badger and have done with it.

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    1. You would have blasted it between the yes no doubt!

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  21. I don't like the idea of giving those poor badgies an electric shock. Can't you just set up camp out there and, with Winnie's sterling help, just shoo them away?

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  22. I always sleep with one ear out, listening for raccoons. My pens are also secure, after years of trial and error, but the nasty things will work their way into anything if they have enough time at it. I'm certainly glad there are no badgers here, good luck with your war.

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  23. Winifred is worth her weight in Gold - now thats a GOOD dog :)

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  24. Critters are a constant care, whether barnyard or household. Good luck.

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  25. A friend had a problem with coyotes gong after her turkeys,she placed dry dog food in several places outside her perimeter fence for a few nights.The coyotes turned up, ate the food on the outside of the fence, and after a few nights they moved off .It would be cheaper and safer than electric fencing.
    Jane x

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  26. Poor Winifred. Look at her. She knows you called her a snorting steam train. And the delivery man called her a tank. She's developing self-esteem issues.

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  27. Go with the electric fence. Boars are sneaky. Huzzah for Winifred.

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  28. hmmmm what about you and Chris having a wee all around the perimeter of your property. People keep telling us to do it to get rid of the deer and the foxes that are killing all my saplings and po oping all over

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  29. Wow! Winifred wins this weeks "Honorary Glen of Imaal Terrier" rosette x

    Anyway the badger was probably only looking for some goalposts he could move. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24459424

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  30. Are badgers a protected species?

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  31. Hi John we had the same problem at home - electric fence was considered but on looking into it the badgers hair is so course that it acts as an insulator and would need a very high voltage to stand any chance of getting thro. I resorted to the pee which seems to have worked. Tip drink plenty of water and eat asparagus

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    1. Put the strand of wire around four inches from the ground tim
      They touch it with their nose
      The only part of a badger that is overly sensitive

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  32. Just re read and that should have read coarse not course of course

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  33. Gee... Badgers here in North America are confined to really wild country and are rarely seen. I wonder how they've come to be adapted to relatively urbanized situations in Great Britain?

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    1. Scott they have become almost as common as rabbits

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  34. No badgers here. So no badger induced insomnia which has to be a good thing. Yay Winnie, defender of the territory...

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  35. I bet poor Mary was scared!

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  36. Bet that badger didn't like the looks of Winifred. Glad you haven't lost any of your flock to them, John.

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  37. Goodness !
    I hope you figure it out. The electric fence sounds like a good idea.
    I have a soft spot for Badgers. I have to watch out for the coyotes, javelinas, mountain lions, bobcats and a few foxes here and there.
    I never let The Square Ones out in the yard late at night by themselves.

    cheers, parsnip

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  39. The things that go bang in the night own here are either: much bigger - cows; or much smaller - antechinus

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  40. I feel for the ducks. It must be really alarming to hear some giant creature snuffling around outside, casing the joint. An electric wire sounds like a good idea.

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